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VR Interface Helps Workers Spot Errors

Engineering News-Record reports on a new trend that is saving time, money, and lives. For inexperienced workers, virtual reality interfaces are helping to spot errors before they become significant. In fact,the report says that construction workers with less than three years of experience are able to double their ability to spot design errors using a 3D model.

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House Built by Robots and Digital Fabrication Could Change Everything

A new house built in Switzerland, designed by the ETH Zurich University, could be one of the first steps in a construction revolution. The DFAB house (digital fabrication) was developed by the university and two dozen partners as part of the Next Evolution in Sustainable Technologies (NEST)project.

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Are Pre-Fab “Lego” Houses the Solution to the Housing Crisis?

Not much has changed in the home construction industry in the last fifty years. Workers show up to a site, dig, pour, frame, sheath, and finish a house, with a nationwide average cost of $428,000 a piece. And that’s when there’s proper space to find that jobsite and enough skilled laborers to do the work.

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Uprooting Green Space Can Have Decades of Impact

We’ve all seen a construction project tear up existing grass, trees, shrubs and earth—temporarily, to be replanted and “restored” later. But what impact does the temporary disruption really have on the landscape, fauna, and human usage?

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Top Ten Construction-Related Podcasts

While we try to keep you informed on construction news, there’s so much that we at PowerTools can’t cover. Here is a list of ten great construction-related podcasts that can help you keep abreast of everything newsworthy in the industry.

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Drones and Robots on Jobsites

As we’ve discussed at length on this blog, the labor shortage is requiring construction companies to look outside the box to solve their productivity problems, and they are increasingly turning to technology. The progress has been relatively slow compared of other automated fields, such as manufacturing, but progress is being made, and new tech on the horizon looks promising.

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Modular Construction Business Booming

According to the Commercial Construction Index, demand for modular construction is increasing, and industry insiders see it as a major growth area.

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How 5G is Poised to Revolutionize Infrastructure

“2019 will be a critical year in the evolution of 5G as global roll-out pilots will shape the landscape and specifications will start to be formalized. Intelligent connectivity, enabled by 5G, will be the catalyst for the social-economic growth that the 4IR (4th Industrial Revolution) could bring.” – World Economic Forum

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Three Industry Disruptors Coming in the Next Decade

In a recent meeting of the American Concrete Institute, Brian Moore of the FMI Institute stated that the future is changing and that there are three factors that will either make or break a construction company in the next ten years.

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How Blockchain Will Change Construction

Blockchain, the technology that powers things like bitcoin, is set to revolutionize the way that construction companies, engineering firms, architects, and customers interact. Blockchain is defined as a growing list of records, or blocks, that are connected using cryptography. Each block contains a link to the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. It’s a little like communicating on the cloud, but with intense security, and on some serious steroids.

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Can the Internet of Things Revolutionize Construction?

Construction workers account for 7% of the world’s workforce, but in a world where robotics is replacing people’s jobs, these workers seem relatively safe. Why? According to an article in TechTarget, it’s because the industry isn’t adopting new technology fast enough.

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Robotic Solution to Troublesome Worksite Problem

With 20% of construction time spent fixing errors, a Barcelona-based company decided to build a solution that automates the process of monitoring the jobsite. The robot uses LIDAR (light detection and ranging) and autonomous vehicle technology (the same kind of thing used in driverless cars) to build computer models of jobsites.

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Widespread Beliefs About US Infrastructure Spending May Be Unfounded

It is a fact that much of the United States infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly, but the commonly held belief that our spending on such infrastructure has dramatically decreased does not appear to be upheld by the evidence, according to a new report from the Brookings Institute.

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Is The Focus on Modern Construction Automation Misplaced?

hh2 Powertools reported on the rapid growth in investment into construction automation, but an editorial by Chris Stanley, of the Concrete Block Association, says that it’s an enticing solution that overlooks the real problems.

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Heavy Market Investment in Construction Automation May Signal Change in Industry

Investors are pouring money into construction technology start-ups at a rapidly increasing rate, and it’s making many in the industry stop and take notice.

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New Technologies are Integrating Artificial Intelligence with Construction

While many construction technologies seem like a hammer searching for a nail, many new ventures, like hh2, are combining the best of tech with the best of modern breakthroughs.

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Researchers Are Recycling Glass into Concrete

In search of new ways to reuse non-recyclable glass, scientists have found a simple answer: they’re turning glass back into sand.

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How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Project

With such rapid advances in technology, the options for something as basic as glass are no longer simple. There are extensive selections to choose from when building your project, and your purpose, geography, and usage play an essential role.

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Architecture Firm Creates a Lush Oasis in Center of City

With a population of more than twelve million, the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil, is a thriving metropolis with a bustling economy and miles after miles of concrete, asphalt, and steel. But one architecture firm is doing its part to make an oasis deep in the heart of the city.

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Employee Spotlight: Bryan Stapley - Sales Associate

Introducing the newest member of our sales team, Bryan Stapley. Bryan is a Utah native, but he has lived in many places across the U.S. and abroad. He joined hh2 in 2019, and he is so excited about the opportunity...

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Employee Spotlight: Kevin Hadley - VP of Sales

Introducing Kevin Hadley! Kevin is one of many valued employees at hh2. He serves as the vice president of the Sales Department. He has been with hh2 for more than 13 years. Kevin’s day to day consists of working...

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2018 Year in Review at hh2

2018 brought big changes across the globe, and it was no different here at hh2 Cloud Services. This year was filled with conferences, new product releases and feature updates across multiple platforms and solutions...

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What Segment of Technology Adoption Does Your Company Belong To?

While the thought of new technology is exciting for some, it takes some time and proven results for others to get behind adopting a change in one’s workflow. This can be explained in detail in the Diffusion of Innovation...

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How Artificial Intelligence is Helping the Construction Industry Save Time, Cost and Lives

It’s no surprise that the construction industry is benefiting in large parts from artificial intelligence (AI). A new job within the industry, a data scientist, is using AI to their advantage. Software and computing systems are...

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Advancements in Digital Fabrication Moving Design and Construction Forward

A recent case study was conducted by the American architectural, planning and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) that show its recent advancements within digital fabrication. Its 3D-printed...

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New Trends in Technology Bringing Major Upgrades to Construction Sector

Efficiency, safety and sustainability within the construction industry are taking leaps forward as technology continues to improve. The 21st century has brought a plethora of new advancements in...

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Robots and Exoskeletons Are Coming Soon To a Job Site Near You

With the labor shortage in the construction industry not showing any big signs of relief, a push towards automation that includes robotics and exoskeletons may soon be on its way—much to the delight...

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Not Just a Fad: Four Emergent Technologies That Will Improve Your Jobsite

New worksite ideas come and go, but here are three new emergent technologies that appear to have gotten over the early hurdles and are proving to be invaluable on the job site. Telematics: As the...

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New Internet-of-Things Doorbell To Reduce Crime

Ring, which claims to be the “world’s most popular doorbell,” has just announced the next generation of their groundbreaking product. Ring is a doorbell with audio and video capabilities, so customers—or...

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Changing Technology in Construction

“As more young people enter the construction industry, they expect technology,” said an international firm that works with contractors to develop IT solutions. “Estimating, project managing, and...

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Is The Construction Industry Ready For a Robot Revolution?

As I was reading the news this week I was intrigued to find two headlines that completely contradict each other. The first: “The Construction Industry is Short on Human Workers and Ripe For a Robotic...

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A Smart Watch That Doesn't Sacrifice Looks for Ability

Apple makes some nice-looking devices, but—let’s face it—the Apple watch isn’t one of them. It’s a mini iPhone, and that’s great if you’re a minimalist. But even Dick Tracy’s watch had a better sense of style, and...

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TimberScan Mobile and Brahma Group Inc.

Buena Vista Biomass Power is a clean burning biomass plant designed to output 18MW of base load electric generating capacity. Brahma Group, a commercial builder exceeding $300 million annually, has offices in...

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90% of Construction Leaders See New Tech as Essential; Only 37% Claim to Be Prepared

While the report is Australian, the points are global: the Construction Industry Innovation & Productivity Report, studying 200 industry leaders, states the 90% of believe it is valuable to stay up-to-date with new...

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Smart Technologies in Development to Manage Diabetes

Even as Apple is developing new iPhones and getting ready to move into their incredible ring-shaped campus, they’ve been secretly working on a whole new kind of product: a wearable, non-invasive device that...

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New Building Proposal Surpasses Technological Capabilities

Architects are always looking for new and wild ideas that, though completely impractical, will stretch the art of construction. The Great American Architect himself, Frank Lloyd Wright, famously proposed...

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Smarthome Innovations Coming in 2017

After my article yesterday about the new “Internet of Things”-style light bulbs, I went to Lowe’s last night to check them out for myself. I have several lights that I’d like to replace with smart lights: the front porch, the...

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A High-Tech Step Up From “The Clapper”

Reporting on the latest trends in housing construction, the Wall Street Journal today wrote about a development that is not so much about the existing residential tech, but is more about where the future is headed...

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Strategies for Recognizing Good Tech Trends

It seems like there are dozens of new technologies popping up, claiming to be the Next Big Thing. It can be difficult for managers in any business to keep up with the latest and greatest innovations, especially...

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Wearable Tech in the Construction Industry

According to market analysis group CCS Insight, the wearable technology industry will be worth $34 billion by 2020. This may come as a shock to people who remember the ill-fated Google Glass, which literally got...

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The Rapid Advancement of 3D Printing in Construction

The world is changing at breakneck speed, and the construction industry is at the forefront of new technology. A few months ago, Power Tools reported on a man who built his own concrete-spewing 3D printer...

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The Rapid Rate of Technological Change

I bought my first flash drive when I was in college in 2002. It was amazing. At 32 megs, it could hold more data than 18 floppy disks. I bought it at the university bookstore for $200, and I carried it with me wherever...

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Mesh WiFi for Construction

It used to be mark of a forward-looking company to have Wi-Fi in the job trailer. Now with the proliferation of online meetings and the connected nature of modern business, it has become a necessity...

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IKEA’s Award-Winning Refugee Shelter

At a time when the refugee crisis seems worse than ever, IKEA’s “Better Shelter” is booming around the world. While IKEA furniture has a reputation (true or false) for being cheap and disposable, in the world of...

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3-D Printing Tech

3-D printers have already taken the tech industry by storm—news stories of 3-D printed shoes, wheels, artificial hearts and even guns are breaking one after another. While there are downsides to 3D printing...

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Future Exists in “Circular Cities”

By now we’ve heard of the circular economy, a process for making the world more sustainable, creating a cycle that reuses and captures resources. Now, circular economies are turning to urban planning to make our cities into circular cities. Right now, more than half of the population lives in a city, and by 2050 that will rise to two thirds. If we’re going to continue to build up and out, we need to figure out how to better use resources.

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